By Dan Coles
This selfless boy decided to support his Muslim best mate by fasting with him throughout Ramadan – even though he is not religious himself.
Schoolboy Oscar Parry, 15, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, has been best friends with Kayan Roche-Ali, 14, for as long as they can remember.
Kayan is Muslim, and as a result every year completes Ramadan with his family as a spiritual test of their faith but had no idea that this year his best mate Ben would also be skipping meals between dusk and dawn for 30 days.
The boys, who both go the same school, and even teach and learn karate together every week, and have taken pictures and videos of their experience including a video of them breaking fast.
Both lads have been skipping drinks, meals, and recreational activities for the last month but today finish their test and will be able to go back to their usual eating, drinking and recreational habits there used too.
Oscar said: “I decided to take part in Ramadan with my friend because it seems like a really difficult thing to go through, and I wanted to support him whilst he did it.
“The hardest part is not drinking all day, and little things like not eating gum.
“A lot of the time you’ll either crave really healthy food, or really unhealthy food, I usually either want fruit or burgers there is no in-between.
“Every day I complete lots of active commitments like the gym and karate – I had to skip a couple of lessons because of the fasting.
“We have been quite lucky with the weather, but the last few days have been hot so being dehydrated has been difficult.”
Kayan added: “I was really shocked when Oscar said he wanted to do Ramadan with me, I didn’t think would actually do it I thought he was just saying that he would.
“It’s a big gesture to show how much he cares.”
Oscar added: “Kayan is a really good person, he does his best to make everyone feel good about themselves no matter how crazy they are, it doesn’t matter to him he loves everyone.”
Ramadan started on May 5 and finished today [TUES] with people around the world taking part in what is called a test of spiritual faith to anyone undertaking the task.
Ramadan consist of having to avoid food, drinks, music, TV, video games and other recreational activities between dusk and dawn for 30 days in a row.
Oscar said: “Doing Ramadan in school is a lot different, and harder than going to school with a full stomach.
“It’s hard to concentrate and getting irritated easy but the thing with Ramadan is that as long as you have the mindset for it then you can really push through with it.
“The premise of It is not to eat and drink, that’s what my way of supporting Kayan is, not so much the religious side.”
The boys are on their last day of Ramadan and have not broken a single rule since its beginning.
Oscar said: “We wanted to do this together, and I wanted to do it so my friend didn’t feel like he was doing it alone, and we have had fun doing it together.
“Our friends will ask about it, which is good because as a result everyone around us is learning more about the festival.”
Oscar and Kayan have both even been ill over the course of the month, and in that case you are allowed room to break the fast if it’s something you have to do for your own well-being.
Kayan said: “Even my dad told me to break my fast, he said it would be a good idea if I was ill.
Oscar added: “The whole point is trying to stick with it as much as you can, I realised I didn’t really need to eat, I could deal with it